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Overview

Introduction to Rye, New Hampshire

Rye, New Hampshire, in Rockingham county, is 22 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 47 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Rye History

Rye was the first settlement in New Hampshire and was originally known as Pannaway. William Berry first settled in the town in 1623. Before being officially incorporated as a town in 1726, Rye was also known as Sandy Beach. It was named after the town of Rye, England.

Rye and nearby Attractions

  • Rye Town Museum
  • Seacoast Science Center
  • Rye Harbor State Park
  • Odiorne State Park
  • John Paul Jones House Museum
  • Wentworth Coolidge Mansion

Things To Do In Rye

Rye offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Sea Coast Science Center, the Odiorne State Park and the Rye Harbor State Park offer facilities for recreation. The Rye Town Museum and the John Paul Jones House Museum are also popular local spots.

Rye Transportation

Pease International Airport is nearby.

Rye Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from the University of New Hampshire, Northern Essex Community College, North Shore Community College and Merrimack College.

People

Total Population 5,341
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 28.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,855
Age of the Population 55

Families

% of people married 59.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $127,008
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 11.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,761
Median House Value $553,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 24.4%
Irish 29.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rye Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 47 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Rockingham
Standard Zip Codes 03870
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.013
Longitude -70.771

Rye Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GREENLAND
Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.1 inches
Station DURHAM
Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 42.8 inches
Station KENNEBUNKPORT
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 52 F
Jul Temp 57 to 76 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 47 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Greenland 3,724 $102,026
Hampton 15,132 $98,642
New Castle 974 $139,076
Newington 737 $101,250
North Hampton 4,361 $104,474
Portsmouth 21,426 $96,858

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Rye Public Libraries

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Rye Public Library
581 WASHINGTON ROAD
Rye, New Hampshire
(603) 964-8401

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